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Elahi reassures Imran over dissolution of Punjab Assembly

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Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi on Thursday called on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and reaffirmed the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s (PML-Q) support for Imran’s decision to dissolve the Punjab Assembly.

While informing about the meeting on the micro-blogging platform Twitter, former federal minister Moonis Elahi said that they (PML-Q) have assured Imran that the chief minister's slot belongs to him and CM Elahi will dissolve Punjab Assembly on the former premier's direction.

In the meeting, the chief minister was accompanied by Moonis Elahi and MNA Hussain Elahi while PTI senior leader and former federal minister Parvez Khattak and Imran Khan’s political adviser Hafiz Farhat Abbas were also present.

Read more: Punjab CM vows to abide by Imran’s decision

As per the party sources, the chief minister handed over his recommendations on the dissolution of the provincial assembly to the PTI chief. He assured the former premier that he fully supported his decision to resign from the provincial assembly and said that the decision rested only with Imran Khan.

He also underlined that the country should move towards snap polls in case the ruling coalition resigned from the assembly.

The two leaders also discussed the political situation, administrative matters and rules of procedure of the Punjab Assembly while the chief minister also informed Imran about relief-oriented programmes in the province.

In addition, matters pertaining to constitutional procedures and the expected plans of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to avert the dissolution also came under discussion.

Elahi said that PDM was merely bragging about their vote count in the Punjab Assembly, as the opposition alliance does not have the required majority to topple the government in the province.

Speaking on the occasion, the PTI chairman said that a meeting of the provincial parliamentary party has been called for a final consultation about the future of Punjab Assembly, regretting that the "cabal of thieves" had destroyed the country's economy.

Also read: Governor's rule, no-trust motion a distant dream: Elahi

Meanwhile, as per an official handout issued by the provincial government, the chief minister said that they were with Imran Khan and will support all his decisions. “We fully support whoever we go with,” he added.

He further said that the opposition can fulfil its desire to bring a no-confidence motion but added that it will fail again like before. “The opposition was daydreaming. It could claim to bring a no-confidence motion while lacking the required number of members,” he added.

CM Elahi pointed out that the governor's rule cannot be imposed if the Punjab Assembly was in session. "I sincerely advise the opposition to study the Rules of Business of the assembly before saying anything," he added.

On the occasion, Moonis Elahi said that everything said by the PTI chairman would be done without any hesitation.

Earlier, Khattak called on the chief minister to discuss the matters about the Punjab Assembly and the political situation. Elahi vowed to stand by the former premier and assured Khattak that they would counter the opposition’s moves.

He lambasted the coalition government, saying that the inept rulers had been sorted out. “They just cause uproar by the no-confidence motion or governor’s rule for self-satisfaction,” he added.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the PDM parties, especially the PML-N and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), remained on their toes while waiting for the outcome of a meeting between the PTI chairman and Punjab CM.

The opposition parties in Punjab had earlier decided to move a no-trust motion and the vote of confidence on Thursday, to avoid the dissolution of the legislature.

Earlier, reports indicated that the PML-N and allies would likely use two options in hand to thwart a bid to dissolve the provincial legislature. Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman will ask CM Elahi on December 1, to get fresh vote of confidence from the house.

After a break of one to two hours, the opposition MPAs would file a no-confidence motion against the chief minister.

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